Islands of Wonders
20th & 21st February 2019
Embark on a journey to the Islands of Wonders. Explore 5 fantasy islands through 5 delicious courses and delve into your senses. A map will guide you through your voyage in this imaginary world.
Photos by www.paulinemongarny.com
- Welcome on board -
Colour changing cocktail with gin, rose syrup, lychee juice, lemon, blue pea flower tea & rose petals
Welcome on board Serenity Airlines. We are currently on our way to the Islands of Wonders where you will explore your senses along this journey.
“Your senses work together to let your brain know what is going on around you. They help to keep you safe by warning you of any danger. The nervous system has a specific sensory nervous system, and a sense organ, or sensor, dedicated to each sense.”
- Island of Imagination -
Alphabet pasta, rainbow radish & beetroot, romanesco broccoli, cavalo nero, coral tuile with beetroot powder, test tube with edible flowers, bee pollen, hibiscus salt, hawaiian black lava salt, basil seeds, beetroot powder, sesame seeds
Albert Einstein said, "Imagination ... is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
“With a little imagination, children can turn the simplest of objects into toys worthy of hours of attention.” For example, this plastic bowl in front of you could actually be a special gold rimmed bowl that only princes and princesses can eat from.
Children create new worlds in which they develop never ending stories, using simple tools like their mind, toys, or this alphabet pasta. Flowers and bee pollen in chemistry tubes become magical powders that could bring you to an underwater world surrounded by coral and a colourful and tasty edible sea-garden.
- Island of Curiosity -
Banana leaf parcels with Hawaiian poke style rice, pineapple, macadamia nuts, furikake, spring onions, avocado, pickled ginger, kelp seaweed, beetroot pickled baby corn, yuzu juice
“Your eyes are like cameras - they take images from the world around you and send the information to your brain. Your brain then figures out what you are looking at.“ “Curiosity is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in humans and other animals. Curiosity is heavily associated with all aspects of human development, in which derives the process of learning and desire to acquire knowledge and skill.”
As you open this banana leaf parcel, your eyes slowly analyse each component of this chromatic display. “The possibility of a clean dissociation between colour experience from properties of the world reveals that colour is a subjective psychological phenomenon.” An interesting fact is that “The Himba people, a tribe from Namibia, have been found to categorise colours differently from most Euro-Americans and are able to easily distinguish close shades of green, barely discernible for most people.”
- Island of waves -
Smoked ceviche with fresh cod fish (veg: heart of palm), lime juice, passion fruit, red chilli, dill, samphire, seaweed
“We are governed by sound. Our bodies are constantly scooping up sonic input and translating that information into usable data. What we hear tells us where to walk, when there’s danger, if someone is angry; it can make us remember events and feel empathy for things in which we had no part. Sound is not only one of our most powerful senses, but one of our most potent emotional triggers. And it’s also a potent manipulator of flavour.”
Whilst listening to wave sounds on their headphones, guests open the smoked jars and dip under the waves to taste a fresh ceviche with a variety of surprising flavours.
- Island of scents -
Smith & Sinclair edible fragrance "Watermelon & Citrus", saffron & mango mochi, white guava, blackberry powder
“"Scents can have positive effects on mood, stress reduction, sleep enhancement, self-confidence, and physical and cognitive performance," says Theresa Molnar, executive director of the Sense of Smell Institute. An odour has no personal significance until it becomes connected to something that has meaning. As a significant link in the mind-body connection, the sense of smell can be deployed to improve pain tolerance. Any pleasant smell can act as a distraction and lift mood, but recent studies suggest that sweet smells may work best.”
Guests placed a mask over their eyes, after which we vapourised some edible fragrance around their nose. They were then given a saffron & mango mochi into their hands and feeling the texture they took a few bites.
We also wanted the guests to experience using the edible fragrance directly onto food so we placed a white guava half in front of them and as they passed along the perfume they each sprayed a little onto the fruit.
- Island of Temptation -
Coconut creams flavoured with baobab powder and smoked vanilla, passion fruit powder, sour cherry powder
“Our sense of touch is controlled by a huge network of nerve endings and touch receptors in the skin known as the somatosensory system. This system is responsible for all the sensations we feel – cold, hot, smooth, rough, pressure, tickle, itch, pain, vibrations, and more.”
We often think our fingers are the main receptors of the touch sense, but all of our skin is sensitive to any kind of feeling. During this experience you will explore two ways of feeling touch on your hands whilst eating your final course, and maybe feel a little naughty!